Cotopaxi Summit 5897m


Cotopaxi Summit 5.897m (1Night – 2Days)



“Neck of the Moon” is a stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, located about 50 km south of Quito-Ecuador. On a clear day, Cotopaxi is visible from Quito and is part of the chain of volcanoes around the Pacific plate known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

It is the second highest summit in the country, reaching a height of 5,897 m.Since 1738, Cotopaxi has erupted more than 50 times, resulting in the creation of numerous valleys formed by mudflows around the volcano.

The mountain was honored as a “Sacred Mountain” by local Andean peoples, even prior to the Inca invasion in the 15th century. It was worshiped as “rain sender”, that served as the guarantor of the land’s fertility, and at the same time its summit was revered as a place where gods lived

Cotopaxi required good physical condition and altitude adaptation. Its is not a higly technical climb but the person has to be able to hike step terrain for 6-7 hours.It requires a pre-climbing glacier course with crampons ,ice axe and ropes which we will practice the afternoon before summiting.It is a very famous adventure for travelers

Day 1:Leave Quito early morning and Arrive to Cotopaxi National Park , on our way we will be able to see the Andes landscape and enjoy traditional food in a small town called Machachi. Once we arrive we will do a short walk in the different lakes that are in the park, hike around the gladiers and experience a pre-climbing glacier course.

Lodging Option:  Tambopaxi Lodge.(Extra Fee)

Otherwise , we will sleep at Jose Rivas Refuge (4.800 m)

We will wake up around midnight to start the climb

Day 2: Summit Cotopaxi and be back at the Refuge around noon, we will have lunch on our way back to Quito

Price Range From $220 to $350 (Depends on the Number of People)


  • 2L-1D
  • Accommodation at Jose Rivas Refuge
  • Snacks and Hydration
  • Private Transportation
  • Profesional Mountain Guide (1 Guide for 2 people)
  • Basic Climbing Glacier Course
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.
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